SWC 200 - New Media Writing
Section: 002 Documentary Michigan: Writing Arguments in New Media Genres
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Sweetland Writing Center (SWC)
Department: LSA Sweetland Writing Center
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

In this class, each student will produce a research documentary composed of text, image, audio, and video elements on a topic of personal interest. These documentaries will be published online as multimedia web pages. While we will use a number of user-friendly tech tools in this class, previous technical experience is not required--everyday familiarity with web browsers and word processors is sufficient for enrollment.

This class will ask you to move beyond merely “creating” multimedia projects to thoughtfully composing and arranging multimedia elements into a single cohesive argument. You will find yourself deeply engaged with the topic when you not only have to put your thoughts to paper, but also express them through sound and examine them through the lens of a camera. Perhaps just as importantly, you’ll be evaluated on your ability to inspire that same feeling of connection and investment in your documentary’s reader/viewer, and that’s where this class’ emphasis on argument, rhetoric, and composition comes in.

Because all media in all forms share similar principles of composition and rhetoric, our exploration will be guided by many of the written and oral persuasive tools used for centuries, including Aristotelian logos, ethos, and pathos as well as the Toulmin system of argument generated in the mid-twentieth century. While some of our course texts will exist in written form, we will also examine existing real-world models for multimedia, including sources as diverse as podcasts, full-length video documentaries, Youtube videos, comic books, and photo essays in order to better understand best practices in these various forms and how best to combine them to make a cohesive persuasive documentary.

SWC 200 - New Media Writing
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
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29377
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
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29378
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5
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (SEM)
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29379
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12
 
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F 1:00PM - 3:00PM
004 (SEM)
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29380
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W 9:00AM - 11:00AM
005 (SEM)
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29381
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5
 
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F 10:00AM - 12:00PM
006 (SEM)
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29382
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3
 
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F 1:00PM - 3:00PM
007 (SEM)
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29383
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F 1:00PM - 3:00PM
008 (SEM)
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29384
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6
 
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W 9:00AM - 11:00AM
009 (SEM)
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29385
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F 10:00AM - 12:00PM
010 (SEM)
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29386
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F 1:00PM - 3:00PM
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Coursepack Location:
ACCU-COPY AT 518 E. WILLIAM - AVAILABLE IN JANUARY
Note:
Coursepack will be made available shortly before classes begin. It will undoubtedly be quite cheap--think $25 or less. Accu-Copy takes cash and check, no credit cards.
ISBN: 0312415621
IX : visual exercises, Author: Cheryl E. Ball & Kristin L. Ar, Publisher: Bedford/St. Martins 2004
Required
ISBN: 0312418507
Getting the picture : a brief guide to understanding and creating visual texts, Author: Marcia F. Muth, Karla Saari Ki, Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's 2004
Required
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